Shearer responds when asked if he would take Newcastle job, amid takeover reports
Alan Shearer has told the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast that he would avoid taking the Newcastle job – even if Mike Ashley does sell up.
A £300million takeover is reportedly close to completion. Keith Downie reported on Thursday that a deal could be announced later today.
It comes after BeIN Sports and Saudi Arabia ended a four-and-a-half-year dispute over piracy. The two have backed down, allowing broadcasting.
That, in turn, has seen the Premier League decide to ratify a move. Beforehand, human rights and the piracy issue were major obstacles.
But the piracy issue is now gone, and the human rights issue is not being seen as a PIF issue – but the country as a whole. Exciting times.
Shearer was asked by Gary Lineker on the MOTD Top 10 podcast if he would return to Newcastle as gaffer – after a brief stint in 2009.
Lineker asked: “Let’s say Ashley sold the club and the new owners gave you a call tomorrow to come back and manage Newcastle, would you take it?”
Shearer responded to Lineker’s question, with a definitive response. “No, it’s too late for me now in management, it’s too late for me now I think.”
Shearer on Newcastle job: Who are the frontrunners to take over?
Shearer was installed as Newcastle manager towards the end of the 2008-09 campaign in a bid to prevent the Toon from suffering relegation.
But of the eight games he was in charge for, he was winless in seven – drawing two and losing five. Newcastle went down under the Toon icon.
Frontrunners to replace Steve Bruce will include some high-profile out-of-work managers – including Antonio Conte. He just won Serie A with Inter.
While Shearer might have been an exciting appointment by fans, it is one the new consortium have got to avoid. He simply lacks the experience.